Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2013  Front Label
Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2013  Front Label

Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2013

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Packed with juicy black currant and blackberry flavors from start to finish, this red also revokes licorice, spice and tar accents. Dense and well-structured, with fine balance and a long, fruit- and spice-filled finish. Best from 2016 through 2024.

Pair with red meats, hearty chicken, red sauce with pasta

Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Bolgheri Superiore is a generous and complete wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This is the best vintage produced so far in my estimation. The wine is rich and fruit-forward with lovely layers of blackberry, dried cherry and spice. It offers power and elegance in the mouth, with long fruit flavors on the finish.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Concentrated flavors of cassis, blackberry, violet and spice converge on the medium-bodied, dense frame. The grainy tannins are present but not obtrusive. Finds sweetness on the long aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2030.
JS 93
James Suckling
Plenty of rich fruit with chocolate, tobacco and currant aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Drink now.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, this well-structured red offers ripe dark-skinned berry, underbrush and graphite aromas. The concentrated, savory palate delivers black currant, white pepper and soothing licorice flavors and fine tannins. Enjoy through 2023.
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Castello di Bolgheri, Italy
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The origins of Bolgheri Castle date back to 1200. Since then, it has been the property of the Counts of Gherardesca family. In the second half of the 1700s, restoration work and improvements were made to the building, and the cellars were built. In 1895, the castle’s facade was modified, with the construction of the tower and merlons as we still see them today.

Bolgheri Castle and its surrounding lands were transferred by hereditary succession to the current family of the Counts Zileri Dal Verme.

The farm extends around the Castle for an area of 130 hectares, 50 of which are covered by vineyards; the rest is made up of areas cultivated with 6,000 olive plants, sown grounds and woods. Both sides of the farm are adjacent to the famous cypress road extolled in the poetry of Giosuè Carducci.

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An outstanding wine region made famous by Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines for his own consumption in 1940s on his San Guido estate, and called the resulting wine, Sassicaia. Today the region’s Tuscan reds are based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which can be made as single varietal wines or blends. The local Sangiovese can make up no more than 50% of the blends. Today Sassicaia has its own DOC designation within the Bogheri DOC appellation.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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